Educational Support Services


Introduction to Clinical Dermatology Video Series and Case Completion Workshop

clinicians perform dermatologic exam on a dog
Active Learning, Interactive, Software, Video
Dermatology cases are one of the most common reasons owners bring their pets to the veterinarian. This video project created by ESS helps prepare students for common dermatology problems in the clinic by teaching them to work through a patient case step by step. It consists of two parts: a ten-part video series that demonstrates how to perform and interpret basic clinical dermatologic diagnostics, and an interactive computer-based exercise in...

Flipping the Clinical Skills Labs

diagram on connell suture pattern
Illustration, Learning Module, Video
Technical clinical skills are fundamental competencies for veterinarians. While curriculum at the College of Veterinary Medicine provides laboratory time to introduce core clinical skills, much of that in-person time is spent demonstrating. Therefore, ESS developed a series of self-guided flipped learning modules to provide students with more opportunities for hands-on practice and formative feedback. The modules use a combination of detailed instructional videos, medical illustrations, and online quizzes to cover...

Interactive Immunology Modules and Animations

signal one illustration
Animation, Interactive, Learning Module
Immunology is a conceptually difficult topic taught to veterinary students in multiple courses. To help integrate and simplify content for students, ESS, in collaboration with immunology faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine, created an interactive animation tool to be used in Foundation Course IV. The four-section module introduces students to basic immune anatomy, cell trafficking, and response to antigen. Using animations, interactive activities, and self-assessment checks, students learn to...

Illustrated tools for improving canine nictitans gland prolapse surgical repair skills

diagram of exteriorization of nictitans membrane in dog eye
The surgical repair of a prolapsed nictitating membrane (NM) gland, also called cherry eye, is a common issue encountered in veterinary clinical practice. For successful surgery, constant repositioning of the NM gland is necessary, but the technique is difficult to conceptualize and understand. To help break down this complex process into easy-to-follow steps, ESS’s Medical Illustrator Allie Buck, in collaboration with CVM’s Dr. Eric Ledbetter, created a series of surgical...

Basic and Advanced Life Support Certification Courses

cardiac pump theory
Online Course
The RECOVER Initiative created the first standardized, evidence-based CPR guidelines for animals. The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Dr. Dan Fletcher, co-chair of the RECOVER Initiative, wanted to help people all over the world learn these guidelines. Therefore, he teamed up with ESS to create two online courses following the RECOVER CPR algorithm: Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support. The Basic Life Support course provides students with a foundation of...

Dentistry Practical Skills Courses

dog oral exam
Animation, Clinical Education, Illustration, Interactive, Online Course, Video
Dentistry is a growing trend in veterinary practice, and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to creating a series of continuing education courses to help clinicians review important skills and prepare for dental care in their practice. In collaboration with ESS, two of Cornell’s expert veterinary dentists, Drs. Nadine Fiani and Santiago Peralta, created a group of completely online courses using live-animal videos, animations, models, and interactive puzzles...

Advanced Online ECC Cases for Deliberate Clinical Practice

history section of online case
Clinical Education, Interactive, Learning Module
Emergency medicine often requires the skillful collaboration of colleagues in the clinic. To help foster peer learning and interactive decision-making, ESS teamed up with CVM’s Emergency and Critical Care faculty to create a series of online clinical cases, where students work together to solve real-world problems they might encounter in practice. Each branching case incorporates procedure videos, pop quizzes with summary notes, brief reviews of pathophysiology, and links to important...

Outbreak!! A Case-Based Interactive Scenario

screen of game from day 2 in simulation
Active Learning, Interactive, Software
Controlling an outbreak requires quick decisions about disease and employee management. To help veterinary students prepare for such a scenario, ESS’s Courseware Programmer, Julie Powell, created a fully online, custom-built simulation game that allows students to play the role of veterinarian as they manage an outbreak in a shelter. As the game progresses through simulated days, students experience the challenges associated with incubation periods, symptoms, prognosis, prevention, and use of...


slide open in slide viewer with annotation
Tasked with creating an easier way for students and faculty to view, share, and annotate biological slides, ESS developed a custom-built web application called OpenSlide. OpenSlide is available to all CVM students and faculty and can be used in place of Aperio SlideViewer, which is slower, requires software to download, and only allows for individual slides to be loaded onto computers. In contrast, OpenSlide works on any browser, tablet, or...

Kidney Structure, Function, Dysfunction and Treatment

kidney detail illustration
Illustration, Interactive, Learning Module, Software
Kidney anatomy is a difficult subject for veterinary students to visualize and understand. In this series of modules created by ESS to complement Foundation Course III, students learn the scope of kidney anatomy, from the gross anatomical structures down to the microscopic features. Each module consists of interactive activities such as drag and drop, labeling, and assembling of relevant structures. Students toggle between these activities and the big picture, following...